Iraqi kids return home after heart surgeries

ABU DHABI — Six Iraqi children have returned to their country after having successful heart surgeries in the capital.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Mon 16 Jul 2007, 8:41 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 3:10 AM

The six had come to the UAE as part of the second batch of 11 sick Iraqi children to receive treatment under the patronage of the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

“The 11 children had been suffering from congenital deformities in the heart, caused mainly by uranium radiation which their mothers were exposed to during pregnancy,” said Nabeel Shamma, head of the Iraqi batch. He said the rest of the children would be operated on soon.

The second batch of the ailing Iraqi children arrived in the country on June 13. In all, 135 Iraqi children were selected to receive medical treatment in the UAE.

“The Council of Culture and Care for Children in Iraq, a social organisation, is coordinating with the UAE Red Crescent (UAE-RC) to facilitate the procedures required for the children to get medical treatment in the UAE,” Shamma told Khaleej Times yesterday.

Shamma said 69 other Iraqi children, who are all heart patients, will arrive in the country in groups — each group comprising five kids — to undergo heart surgeries at different health institutions. Shamma added that 55 children who arrived in the UAE in January this year, were treated for various health problems and went back home last month.

“They were suffering from different ailments. While 18 of them had physical retardation, mainly hearing and speech impairment, 12 underwent successful surgeries. The rest needed only medical care.”

Shamma paid tributes to the UAE-RC for providing all possible assistance to the sick Iraqi children.

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